Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 6 – The Golden Laver


1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Psalm 24:3-4  Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.

The next item in the outer courtyard is a golden laver. The golden laver had reflective mirrors in its basin and was filled with pure water. It symbolized sanctification.

Many adults don’t really understand what sanctification is. They usually reduce it to following a number of rules to keep themselves from becoming worldly. But that’s not real sanctification.

The word sanctification means set apart. One way to teach children about sanctification is to show them a collector’s item or a special dish, maybe a piece of china, used on special occasions. It’s set apart for special use. God thinks that way about His children. His children aren’t like everyone else. Their Heavenly Father sets them apart for special use.

One definition of the word, sanctification, which is easy for children to understand is this. Sanctification is the power to say yes to God and no to sin. It’s as easy as that.

Another way to explain sanctification is when you are dirty all over, you need a bath. Before we’re saved, we need God to cleanse us completely. But after we’re saved, we may, at times, get out hands dirty. In other words, we might do things God doesn’t want us to do. When we get our hands dirty, we don’t need to take another bath. We only need to wash our hands. We need to tell God we’re sorry and ask Him to help us not do it again.

One response to “Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 6 – The Golden Laver

  1. I’m in the process of planning upcoming children’s ministry lessons, and I’m so glad that I stumbled upon this blog post. You’ve given some great ways of explaining the golden laver and sanctification—I would have never even thought to approach these weighty subjects with my kids until now. Thanks for the inspiration!

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